I blew up a farm print on my printer to fit the top pane. I found some cute folk-art pigs to laminate and put magnets on the back. I then wrote the chores on the pigs and assigned chores to my kids. I loved to say that our house "looks like a pig sty! Time to do chores!" I also took some fun photos of the kids in overalls and cut out and laminated those as well.
I really loved this one, but after having this one for over 8 years (not to mention we had 2 more children and needed to add them) I was ready for a change. I found this beauty and did a similar thing:
I fell in love with the style of this window and knew I had to make it work. I knocked out all the glass, painted a couple coats of black paint and then used Glazier points to hold in the tin. I ordered some vinyl lettering to say "Chores" and to decorate the side panes.
I found these cute frames for the kids' pictures in the scrapbooking section at Michael's. I glued magnets to the back of the pictures. I typed up the chores and then used mod podge to stick them to clear floral marbles. When dry, I glued on magnets (see a theme here?!)
This method of chores still works best for our family. I can go lighter on them when they have a lot of homework to do or load it up for Saturday House-cleaning day. The kid's like to tease each other and I often find it looking like this (poor 3 year-old!):
I'm waiting for the day that the little stinkers hide all the chore marbles!
I find old windows at garage sales and once found a guy on Craigslist who had a barn full of old windows! I bought around 30 and my gal-friends and I had fun making tons of things out of them. Here are some we did:
And some internet inspiration for using old windows and frames:
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I found these windows up in the Adirondacks and had to have them. I got a free piece of mirror from Habitat ReStore and for $10 a glass shop cut it for me. I used mirror clips to attach the mirror to the backs. I still need to play with the arrangement since everyone that sees it thinks its a wagon wheel! Sigh... I don't want it to be country. What do you think I should do to tweak it so it doesn't come across country-themed? I'd love your ideas.
Should I paint them? Would they look better spaced apart? It's missing something but I can't figure it out yet!
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